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Word Origin and History for mercalli


in reference to Mercalli scale, 1900, named for Italian geologist Giuseppe Mercalli (1850-1914), who invented it ("I Terremoti della Liguria e del Piemonte," Naples, 1897). It was a modification of the Rossi-Forel scale (1883).

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  • The curve drawn by Professor Mercalli (Fig. 14) coincides nearly with the second of these lines.

    A Study of Recent Earthquakes

    Charles Davison

  • Professor Mercalli believes that, in private houses, more than 90 per cent.

  • The only complete map of the isoseismal lines is that drawn by Professor Mercalli.

  • Professor Mercalli represents the motion diagrammatically by the curve a in Fig. 35.

  • Professor Mercalli regards Mallet's method with greater favour than most seismologists.